Naomi Watts to star in Penguin Bloom, adapted by Shaun Grant
Shaun Grant (Berlin Syndrome) has signed on to adapt the Australian book “Penguin Bloom” as a feature, according to Deadline. The book, which was published in the United States in April as Penguin the Magpie, is the story of a little magpie chick named Penguin who changes the life of a family. Penguin Bloom will star Naomi Watts (The Book of Henry), who optioned the book alongside Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. The three will serve as producers for the film along with Emma Cooper.
Penguin Bloom all begins when Sam, Cameron Bloom’s wife, suffers a near fatal fall that leaves her paralyzed and deeply depressed. One of their three sons, reeling from the tragic accident, discovers an injured magpie chick abandoned after she had fallen from her nest. The boys name the bird Penguin, for her black-and-white plumage. As they nurse Penguin back to health, the incredible joy, playfulness, and strength she exudes fortify the family and especially lift Sam’s spirits. Penguin’s resilience demonstrates that, however bleak things may seem, compassion, friendship, and support can come from unexpected places ensuring there will always be better days ahead.
The Penguin Bloom book features the photography of Sam’s husband Cameron and was written by New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Day Book, Bradley Trevor Greive.
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